Theme Park Apprentice 2 Challenge 5: Epcot's 30thWelcome to the 5th challenge of Theme Park Apprentice 2.
From Tim WWelcome to the 5th challenge of Theme Park Apprentice 2. This week our apprentices will be traveling to Epcot. Epcot's 30th anniversary will be happening in a little less than two years. The question on many of people’s minds is if there will be anything for Epcot’s 30th anniversary. Well apprentices, I have received from Disney that there will be. They asked for ideas from none other than the apprentices of TPA. A team of you will be designing not one, but two pavilions for this glorious anniversary. You must work together to design one pavilion based on a scientific aspect for Future World and one International pavilion for World Showcase. This must be a group effort in designing both pavilions. For both pavilions, you must include one attraction, which has a name, a description, and the type of attraction. It may be a show, coaster, ride, etc. Also, please include a description of where the pavilions will be placed in Epcot. For the International pavilion, you must include a full service restaurant with the name, a brief menu, and theming. To avoid any repeats of the theming for the pavilions, I ask that you and your partner quickly agree on two themes and claim them here. Just to give you some help for a scientific pavilion, there are themes of magnetism, gravity, weather, physics, and chemistry available for your use. However, I am sure you could also think of a few more themes as well. You may NOT use health or a Horizons like theme as your pavilion theme as they both have been done before. And, of course there are plenty of countries to choose from. I hope that you all enjoy working together and this challenge will not be too difficult to complete.
Posted November 2, 2010 at 6:17 PM
I just want to let you guys know that it is imperative that noone drops out this week!!! I cannot have that happening, and I'm giving you more than enough time to work for this challenge! As stated, I will be assigning the duos this week. Due to Nathan's departure, the duos have been made ahead of schedule. Here they are:
Nick Markham – Jeff Moon
I've arranged the partners so that each group has one person to post videos or pictures. I would advise you guys to let that person post the entire idea for this week's challenge.
Please be sure to contact your partner in a timely fashion to decide upon your themes and begin your work. Please email me if you have questions or concerns.
Remember that the deadline for posting will be next Sunday, November 14. But if you guys can post sooner, that would be great!
Just to let you guys know, you will all be voting in the finale, so keep that in mind for the next couple of weeks. Contestants 8 through 3 will be included in the vote, along with myself giving us 7 votes. Please Please Please vote, everyone, even when you are fired! Just remember the check your email and send me a vote for the finale. I do not want the complications of the 1st season with voting.
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Adam NodjomianAnthony and I are claiming Greece for our World Showcase pavillion, Future World claim on the way.
Posted November 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM
From Dan BabbittAndy and I reserve the right to Brazil.
Posted November 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM
From Nick MarkhamJeff and I claim Egypt.
Posted November 3, 2010 at 6:33 AM
From Dan BabbittAndy and I also reserve the rights to Iron Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Tony Stark.
Posted November 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM
From Nick MarkhamJeff and I also tentatively reserve the right to Tron, Wall-E, Incredibles, and if it doesn't bother Dan, The Avengers (there would be Iron Man, but it would not even be centered around him, as there would also be Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk among others).
Posted November 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM
These are tentative, meaning we may drop or add franchises.
From Tim W^Nick, that is an awful lot of franchises to claim...
Posted November 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM
From Tim WJames and David?
Posted November 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM
From Nick Markham^^Tim, I don't think that just because we claim them other people can't use them, but other than Harry Potter, an entire land themed around just one franchise doesn't go so well. Still, we might even drop some of these ideas, we are just putting it out there that these are some ideas we have so that nobody copies us completely! :)
Posted November 3, 2010 at 3:25 PM
From Dan BabbittNope doesnt bother me. I might make references to them but its not centered around my overall theme.
Posted November 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM
From David L.I'm waiting on James unless he didn't get my emails. I wanted to do Egypt but now were obviously taking a different approach.
Posted November 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM
From James KoehlDavid, I just got home from work. I just e-mailed you some ideas.
Posted November 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM
From Tim WGlad to see that the pairs are working out so far so good with everyone.
Posted November 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM
After this challenge is done, I'd like to receive some feedback on it. Please let me know if you thought it was fun or not? Whether you thought it was difficult to complete or not? and Any improvements I can make if I have another duo challenge in the future.
From David L.Tim, Can we rework Pavilions like space? or Transportation or Energy?
Posted November 4, 2010 at 4:48 PM
From Tim WNo, they have already been used as pavilions. I prohibited the use of health and future as well because they have been used. Test Track and Mission Space are far from being changed any time soon. Sorry, but there are plenty of themes to choose from and plenty of places to put new pavilions.
Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:03 AM
From Nick MarkhamWill our theme 'Heroes of the Future' (working title) work?
Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:15 AM
From Tim WYes, by a future theme, I just meant making a horizons v2. Actually sounds like a pretty interesting theme to have in Epcot.
Posted November 5, 2010 at 8:46 AM
From Jeff MoonAm I the only new contestent left? That's awesome!
Posted November 5, 2010 at 8:49 AM
From Tim WYuppers Jeff. Glad to see that you have stuck around!
Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:03 AM
From Andy MilioHow will elimination work?
Posted November 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM
From Tim WFor this week, good question Andy. I guess I forgot to mention that the lowest pair will be fired this week.
Posted November 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM
From Dan BabbittComing Soon:
Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM
Stark Expo: Epcot and Brazil!
From Adam NodjomianWe also claim WEATHER for our Future World pavillion
Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM
From David L.I will claim middle earth(both literally and from the book) for my future world one but am not using them for sure.
Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM
From Dan BabbittAgain I really have to read the rules! I didnt catch that we dont have to post until next week the 14th I thought it was today.
Posted November 7, 2010 at 7:40 PM
From Tim W^Lol. Yea sorry Dan for the change. I figured on giving you guys a bit more time since you aren't working by yourselves and you are designing two ideas.
Posted November 8, 2010 at 5:34 AM
From Dan BabbittThat was very helpful believe me!
Posted November 8, 2010 at 6:34 AM
We also call Physics.
From Tim WI figured it would be extremely helpful, and very fair to all of you.
Posted November 8, 2010 at 6:42 AM
I'd just like to let you all know that the current finale is scheduled to take place on December 8th. This is when the winner will be revealed and the TPA awards will be announced for the other contestants.
From James KoehlFinally David and I are announcing our themes for the new Epcot attractions: for World Showcase- India. For Future World- Inner Earth. The title "Inner Earth" is still tentative, but it is about what's below the Earth's surface and how it affects the surface.
Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:18 AM
From Tim WRemember that next week's challenge will be at Downtown Disney where you will be creating an entertainment replacement somewhere in Pleasure Island.
Posted November 10, 2010 at 6:45 AM
From Tim WHopefully people will start posting soon. I'm really interested to hear the ideas!
Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM
From Andy MilioDan and I are ready to unveil our pavilions:
Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM
Dan and I are doing our World Showcase pavilion based upon the South American country of Brazil.
Brazil features a wet and wild ride through the Amazon River, Amazon Adventures.
Background Story: Brazil, 1541: you’re traveling with Francesco Pizzaro in search of El Dorado, the City of Gold, which they believe it could be down the unexplored Amazon River. The exploration takes you into uncharted territory with never before seen animals, plants, and other life. You must be watchful of these exotic plants and animals because they could harm and even kill you! But lurking in the rainforest is an even greater danger: The Amazonians!
Now the river is running at a furious pace, and everyone is getting soaked. Eventually, a shortcut opens up, and your raft makes a turn down the shortcut. The trees are very dense back here, so it is very dark. Soon, you can see the light of torches. Your raft approaches a temple, which is covered in all sorts of exotic plant life.
You gently flow into the temple, where you find none other than El Dorado! As you leisurely float by, you can admire at all the gold of the undiscovered city. Unfortunately, you cannot retrieve any of the gold because all the harsh waters left your raft in bad condition, and too much weight could make it collapse and sink, so you and the other 7 explorers of your raft head back to the entrance to, hopefully, head back without running into any more Amizonians!
Brazil would also feature a restaurant that carries all sorts of Spanish foods from many different Brazilian cultures. The menu would include:
the frango com quiabo:
and many others!
bolo de maracuja:
and many more!
From Andy Milio
Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM
Stark Expo: EPCOT
Tony Stark and Stark Industries decided to have their Stark Expo here at EPCOT. This year is centered around physics. Stark Expo decided to bring in top scientist in physics and this years spotlight scientist is Dr. Bruce Banner. And this year Tony Stark has adapted a new Iron Man suit for guests to the Expo to try out!
1st: Iron Man Armor MK III
This ride, a la the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, will feature Dr. Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk who cant contain his anger want to take it out on you and the vehicles. The ride will feature Iron Man, SHIELD operatives and Colonel Fury trying to subdue the Hulk in any manner! The Hulk will throw and smash the vehicles, throw stuff at you and then throw you at everywhere! Iron Man will come and catch you and fight the Hulk while the SHIELD operatives will also try to help but wont get anywhere with it.
Guests will experience many different thrills whether it be sight, sound, smell and hot or cold and other things. This will be a fun and new ride experience for Disney that combines new and exciting technology.
Thanks for reading. God bless.
From Tim WVery good ideas Dan and Andy! I Can't wait to hear the other 3 proposals!!!
Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:01 PM
From Flavio de SouzaVery nice ideas, but Spanish food in Brazil???
Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:06 PM
From Tim WI guess there will be alot of posters this evening
Posted November 14, 2010 at 2:37 PM
From James Koehl
Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM
India, a nation of nearly 1.2 billion people, finally takes its place at Epcot in a dazzling complex that showcases just a fraction of this amazing and dynamic culture. Located on the present site of the Outpost, between Germany and China, the Indian Pavilion is a mixture of sights, smells, tastes and sounds that will keep Epcot visitors entertained for hours. It is not just one building, but a collection of structures in traditional architectural styles from all over the subcontinent.
The complex will be entered by a dramatic ceremonial gateway opening onto the entrance plaza.
The plaza gives access to the four parts of the Indian pavilion: The Indian Market, Mowgli's Jungle World, Kipling's Restaurant, and the main attraction of the complex- "Celebration! A Bollywood Dance Extravaganza".
"Celebration! A Bollywood Dance Extravaganza" ("Celebration!" for short) takes place in an indoor, one-thousand seat theatre whose exterior facade is a replica of the Taj Mahal.
This music and dance pageant, performed by dozens of Indian dancers and musicians, will showcase the amazing theatrical culture of India. Bollywood, India's famous motion picture community, has made Indian music and dance well-known throughout the world, and here it uses its talents to create a spectacle of dance, music, color and light that will leave audiences standing and cheering.
From James Koehl"Mowgli's Jungle World" is a water journey through the jungles of India where the classic animated Disney feature "The Jungle Book" takes place. The ride is entered from the entrance plaza, and riders board boats that carry them past Kipling's Restaurant and into the ride building, where they observe state-of-the-art a.a. scenes showing Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, King Louie and the entire Jungle Book cast in a series of adventures from the movie.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM
Music from the movie, especially "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You" is featured in the Jungle World. After leaving the ride building, the boats return along the same route but in a parallel channel to the exit point, where they disembark and can enter the Indian Market or proceed back to the Taj Mahal Theater and "Celebration!"
The Indian Market brings a traditional bazaar from India to Orlando. Dozens of small shops, venders' stalls, tents and traditional Indian buildings fill this area with the sights, smells and tastes of many of the regions of India. Here shoppers can discover an amazing variety of handcrafted goods, souvenirs, clothing and foods from all over the country.
Colorful banners wave in the breeze, shopkeepers hawk their wares to potential shoppers, and street musicians fill the air with the sounds of the bansuri, shanani, madal and sitar. Small carts and stands sell traditional Indian street foods
filling the area with the delicious smells of Indian cooking. The Indian Market at Epcot will be one of the largest and most exotic shopping experiences anywhere in Walt Disney World.
Kipling's Restaurant brings the traditional foods of India to Epcot, and has one of the most amazing and immersive settings of any World Showcase restaurant.The high-ceilinged dining area, with ceiling fans to gently move the air, has floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks the boats of Mowgli's Jungle World cruising back and forth like vessels on an Indian river, pedestrians walking to the Taj Mahal, and the Indian Market's colorful tent roofs. Many of the regions of India are featured in the dozens of choices on the menu, and Kipling's is the only restaurant in World Showcase that features an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu. Many of the dishes are prepared in the Tandoor, a pit oven made from clay and using charcoal. Foods from all over India's diverse regions are featured, such as:
From James KoehlAPPETIZERS
Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM
Vegetable Samosa- crisp turnovers, stuffed with spiced potatoes, peas and herbs
Mulligatawny Soup- a traditional chicken soup with lentils and spices
BREADS (all baked fresh to order in the Tandoor)
Naan- leavened fine flour bread, soft and fluffy
Tandoori Chicken- chicken marinated in yogurt and freshly ground spices, then broiled
Seafood Fantasy- Tandoori fish and shrimp curry
CURRY AND RICE
Contrary to common belief, curries are NOT prepared from curry powder, but with a special blend of spices and herbs, blended fresh every day for each individual dish. Curries are not always hot, as is generally expected; they can be mild, medium or hot, depending on the diner's choice.
Kheer- rice pudding with milk, raisins and cardamom
This is just a sampling of the amazing variety of dishes to be found in Kipling's Restaurant, soon to be a favorite of Epcot adventurous dinners, and a Mecca for vegetarian and vegan guests.
India at Epcot. Few other countries seem so familiar to us yet so exotic and mysterious compared to our own. The new Indian Pavilion at World Showcase will bring this amazing culture to Walt Disney World, and can give the millions of visitors to Epcot a chance to experience it first-hand.
From James Koehl
Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:57 PM
Location: Future World at Epcot, on the site of the former Wonders of Life
Pavilion Description: Inner Earth, Inc., headquartered at Mount MarieMae, is a company dedicated to exploring the inside of the Earth. Mount MarieMae is an active volcano but hasn’t erupted in 55 years
Since Inner Earth is located at a volcano, it is much cheaper to travel deep into the earth to see things not typically seen by man. The main cavern is lit by a glowing river of lava and numerous state of the art lanterns. The layout of the pavilion is fairly simple. As you enter the massive steel doors of the pavilion, you instantly see the massive cavern. On your immediate right lies the entrance to the Volcanic Grill. Across the cavern is the entrance to Exploring the Inner Earth: 4D. Further into the cavern, after crossing the river of lava, lies the Magma Playground and the Inner Earth Museum and Store. Across the cavern is the Volcano Store and the MarieMae snack bar. At the end of the cavern lies "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
From James Koehl
Posted November 14, 2010 at 7:15 PM
Journey to the Center of the Earth: The Entrance has a sign that has the look of fire and molten lava. It simply states the name with the Inner Earth Center logo underneath. The first part of the queue is just a long tunnel with many side tunnels (if lines get really long) lighted by lanterns.
It gradually tilts up. Various rocks found on the crust of the earth have small displays here and there. You then reach a cavern about the size of the preshow of the Great Movie Ride. This is like the Great Movie Ride’s preshow except you enter where the movie is and walk back and forth up. This plays an 8 minute clip describing you adventure. It would start displaying diagrams about your journey with a voice over describing it.
From James KoehlThis ride will take you down into the Earth one mile and then show a series of rocks and rock formations found down there. Then you would go a further couple of miles to see different rock formation and rocks. Finally you would travel just beneath the crust to rocks no man has ever seen before. Then you would travel right back up to the volcano. Then, an 8 minute show telling you interesting facts on volcanoes and the center of the earth is shown.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM
From James KoehlThen another 8 minutes of regular preshow is shown followed by a different 8 minute show about volcanoes and the center of the earth. You then enter the loading cavern with a dueling loading zone. Each vehicle seats two abreast and eight rows.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM
Your journey begins traveling through a dim tunnel until you come to the drop. An intercom on your vehicle tells you, “Brace yourself. You will now travel into the Earth 1 mile”.
From James KoehlYour vehicle pauses, and then slowly travels over the crest looking down into the massive tunnel. Then you drop down into the dark tunnel (this would be an 80 foot drop) until you level out, slow down and enter a lit chamber. After a series of breaks, the intercom comes on for a dark ride section. You travel through a tunnel lit by lanterns
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM
with the intercom giving you facts about the various rocks lining the walls. Then, as you reach the end of the tunnel, a rumbling is heard and rocks crumble behind and in front of you and lava gradually seeps in.
From James KoehlThe intercom comes on and says, “Go through the restricted tunnel to your left. It’s your only hope, we don’t know where it goes, but just go.” You then launch up the restricted tunnel until you go down, this time, with lava chasing, (ok, flowing) after you. You eventually go down a steep 50 foot drop until you enter into an incredibly lit cavern, or so it seems. It looks as if you are back on Earth, but you are on an island with a crushed raft to one side of the ride. The strange feeling of this island instantly gives you a feeling that you are on another planet (not to mention the strange clouds way up high giving off a strange light!) The ride continues out over the water when suddenly a lightning storm breaks out and you are caught up in a fight between an Ichthyosaurus
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:18 PM
From James KoehlYou travel through a series of launches and close encounters with these creatures (AAs). After escaping the lighting storm and prehistoric creatures, you reach another land with bones scattered everywhere. After travelling through them you encounter a herd of AA Mastodons.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM
As you continue to explore this new land, in dark ride format, you encounter a forest of massive mushrooms towering above you. Then comes a swarm of oversized mosquitoes and other insects that attack you, forcing you to escape. You launch away into a cave to hide but find a long tunnel going both up and down. A cave-in happens behind you and a strange mistiness starts forming below.
From James KoehlThen, it becomes a force of water with a red tinge of something behinds it. This force catches you and you are launched 110 feet straight up the tunnel. As you reach the top you see the light of day while coming out of the volcano and out into Epcot until your ride vehicle races down back into the volcano to the loading station. You then exit into the Volcano Store
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM
Journey to the Center of the Earth would be an incredible mix of a thrilling dive coaster, state of the art AAs, and exciting dark ride sections. This ride would be about 7 minutes long.
From James KoehlProfessor Ludwig von Drake's Earthquakes 101 (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Plate Tectonics)
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:28 PM
A large bubble in the rock, left by an ancient lava flow, now holds a fifty-seat "lecture hall" where Professor Ludwig von Drake offers visitors a free lecture from the college class he teaches on earthquakes and their causes. "Earthquakes 101" is a funny yet educational experience where "students" will learn about what plate tectonics is, how it created the planet's surface, and how earthquakes result from it. The theatre is entered through what appears to be a work hut built against the rock wall of the cavern, with a sign posted about the entrance door with show times posted.
From James KoehlProfessor von Drake, animated of course, is not actually here but is giving the lecture from his office at Notre Drake University in Duckburg
Posted November 14, 2010 at 7:17 PM
He is seen on a large television monitor at the front of the theatre, and explains the concept of plate tectonics in simple terms, using animated scenes to show how huge land masses floating on the Earth's mantle run into each other and cause earthquakes, mountains and deep sea trenches. The information he presents to the audience is technically correct, but is punctuated with his usual silly comments and occasional bad jokes.
From James KoehlMagma Playground: This play area is completely indoors. Many of the main elements include numerous lava tube slides, a geyser water play area, and a small volcano climbing tower.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM
Inner Earth Museum and Store: This museum has hands on activities and displays all about the inside of the Earth. The store includes various merchandise like rocks, earth models, and more.
Volcano Store: This store is also the exit of Journey to the Center of the Earth. It has many things from volcano play sets, JTTCOTE souvenirs, and even a volcano Mickey.
The Volcanic Grill: This is a unique restaurant with various food items. It specializes in everything spicy. The theme of this restaurant is similar with the rest of the pavilion but the highlight is the wall of lava.
-Grilled spicy shrimp
-fire charred chicken salad
-A series of make you own hamburgers with countless spicy sauces
-Black Bean Fire (spicy black beans and rice)
-Spicy Chicken Quesadilla
-a selection of Fire Stews( various soups that are spicy
-molten chocolate lava cake
-and much more
MarieMae Snack Bar: Various snacks with a volcanic theme.
From David L.Additional notes: we don't want to edit the posts as we had problems getting the pictures with the text so here are two edits. The location of The Inner Earth Center would be between the seas and the land but set back due to space restrictions where the wonders of life was. The Volcanic Grill is similar to the scene in the Incredibles of dinner in the volcano with the wall of lava. Mount MarieMae comes from Walt Disney's two daughter's middle names. Thanks for reading!
Posted November 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM
From Tim WGreat job guys. Unfortunately, we are experiencing yet another problem with non-responsive contestants. I have given Adam an extension because he has not had contact with his partner since Thursday. Hopefully he can post by Wednesday at the latest, if he needs to post alone. Nick and Jeff, I'd like to hear something from one of you guys tonight if there is any posting problem or non-response.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 8:20 PM
I'm just going to breathe in, and hope we can get past this challenge.
From Nick MarkhamNevermind, I have everything I need, here comes my post!
Posted November 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM
From Nick MarkhamHere is mine and Jeff's entry:
Posted November 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM
Our new country for EPCOT is Egypt. Being the largest country featured on the World Showcase, Egypt will also feature some of the tallest points in Walt Disney World itself!
Inside the smallest pyramid of the Egyptian Pavilion, standing 80 feet tall will be a fun family oriented restaurant. It will be called The Excavation Site and will be themed as if it is in the process of being dug through for jewels and treasures. The tables will be large crates with things written on them like “digging supplies.” All the walls will look like they were recently carved out in search for the treasures in this pyramid. There will be stalagmites and stalactites all around and even authentic water dripping off them from time to time. The waiters and Waitresses will be workers at this excavation site and will be sure to inform that you and everyone else at your table are only on a break and will have to get back to work digging as soon as your finished. The menu will include authentic Egyptian Cuisine but don’t worry you can also order a hamburger.
The next largest pyramid standing 120 feet tall will be Indiana Jones: Tomb of No Return. You and your group are now Indiana Jones' right hand men as you join him for a thrilling adventure through Egypt. You first enter through an unusual gaping hole in the pyramid. The queue takes you what seems like deeper and deeper through dark tunnels featuring realistic artifacts scattered throughout.
You then arrive to the pre-show, a large chamber within the pyramid. Indy himself appears above everyone, standing on a ledge. He tells everyone how this may be the most dangerous expedition he has ever dared. He instructs everyone that the tomb of Amenhotep is deep within the pyramid, and the the excavation of the artifact will bring new discoveries in the archaeologist world.
After the pre-show, riders board the Jeeps as the go on a ride the will never forget. Resembling the Indy rides in Disneyland California and DisneySea, the adventure will feature animatronics, mist, fire, and many more effects to bring you to a fate you may never see coming once you reach Amenhotep's grave. And what more, there are three possible different ride experiences, meaning you will never embark on the same adventure twice in a row! Will you be able to escape the Pyramid of No Return?
From Nick MarkhamInside the largest pyramid standing 190 feet tall, you’ll find a family oriented ride under the name Who’s Your Mummy. It will be a trip through a pyramid where everything inside is coming alive. But these mummies don’t want to hurt you they merely want to stretch their legs and put to rest the idea that mummies are scary. In the preshow you will be taken into a room holding all the king’s prized possessions. Your guide will explain the myth of a special gold tablet but midway
Posted November 14, 2010 at 9:58 PM
From Nick Markhamthrough explaining he will have an idea. There seems to be a spot to insert a key. He inserts a nearby key and the tablet begins to glow. This surprises him and he leaves to have it examined telling the riders to go ahead. You begin your trip by getting into a mining cart. The cart will lead into a room holding the kings royal guards. Your guide from the preshow will suddenly come on the loudspeaker and inform you that the tablet is bringing mummies to life. It’s then that the guards begin to climb out of their caskets as if they will eat you. The cart will then speed away to another room. In this room there will be more mummies but as one mummy explains they are not like the guards they just want to have fun. Some mummies are playing catch with eyeballs, playing tug a war with their wraps, and putting on mickey mouse ears. You will travel through multiple rooms involving the mummies having fun including one that has a banner saying “tomb-orrow land.” After having some fun with the mummies the guide will get back on the loudspeaker to tell you the curse has even brought your cart to life. And so begins a fast spinning ride on your cart through the pyramid. The trip will end in the king’s burial chamber where you’ll see him having a fight with his spices and gold he was buried with. They are zipping around his head in circles and tormenting him. He will read off an ancient spell that puts an end to the curse and allows everything to go back to normal.
Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM
From Nick MarkhamBetween the two rides in Egypt will be a large gift shop which will be where the two rides exit into, and also where you can buy all sorts of clothing, ride photos/videos, and gifts!
Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:04 PM
From Nick Markham
Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM
The City of Heroes will be our new pavilion for Future World at EPCOT. Here you will find the heroes of the future, including TRON, The Avengers, Wall-E, and The Incredibles.
TRON: LEGACY will be replacing Captain EO as the 3D show experience at EPCOT, but will do so at a much grander scale. The show will follow the story of TRON Legacy as he tries to find his father to escape the game. While this is a 3D show, like Terminator 2: 3D, this show will also feature live actor and audioanimatronic effects to bring the world of TRON to life.
The Avengers will be the worlds first 5D Coaster Experience. The queue runs through the headquarters for The Avengers. The pre-show tells riders how Ultron, the greatest arch nemesis of The Avengers is planning to take over Planet Earth and take humankind under his command as slaves. But Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor plan on foiling Ultrons plan once and for all. Riders then board the coaster after the pre-show. Leaving the station, the ride begins slowly, with introductions to each avenger before the coaster launches off into darkness followed by lasers, mist, animatronics, and other effects as The Avengers battle Ultron to the death.
From Nick Markham
Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM
The Wall-e attraction has the potential to be a huge leap forward for Disney. It will mix a dark ride and a coaster into an amazingly fun attraction. The ride will begin as your waiting in line. You’ve entered The Atrium and you’re here to take a tour of it. After seeing parts of the station in the queue you’ll get into your touring vehicle. You will have an animatronic tour guide throughout your adventure. His name is Hatchet and he is driving your vehicle. As you go through different areas of The Atrium it will feel as if all the animatronics are really alive. You will pass through a beauty parlor where all the robots are having real conversations with each other and visit the captain and the devious Autopilot. In this beginning portion the ride will be dark style format. Your next stop is the engine room where you’ll meet everyone’s favorite robot Wall-e. Hatchet will begin questioning Wall-e why he’s in the engine room. Wall-e shows Hatchet the all important plant from the film. Wall-e gives it to Hatchet and then the ride starts to get exciting. As soon as Hatchet gets the plant the coaster and everything in the engine room begins glowing green. The captain comes up on a projection screen and informs all of you that you have to get the plant to him before Autopilot stops you. So the coaster launches into action but the amazing part is that as the coaster goes through the space station the robots and people you drive past actually react to you. It’s a real living a breathing coaster in a sense. You finally get the plant to the captain before autopilot can stop you and now the space station can head back to earth.
From Tim WAs for the next challenge, ideas will not be due till either Monday or Tuesday and then the vote will go up. You will then have a little break for Thanksgiving weekend, and we will resume the following Sunday. Here is the next challenge:
Posted November 15, 2010 at 8:12 PM
Over at Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney, Orlando, there is still quite a bit of vacancies. Ever since the clubs closed a few years ago, they have promised us replacement entertainment. However, the shops and restaurants that have opened have been met with a lukewarm response and mediocre reviews. Therefore, in this challenge, you will be creating some form of entertainment to be in Pleasure Island. Maybe you feel that at least one club needs to belong here or maybe some other type of entertainment can be thought up. However, you may not make the Adventurer’s Club Part 2 and claim it as your own idea. Nevertheless, something needs to be here, and it is your job this week to think up that idea.
From Tim WAnthony and Adam, are you posting tonight?
Posted November 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM
From Anthony MurphyI am hoping so!
Posted November 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM
Adam is supposed to post because he is good with pics!
From Adam NodjomianYes, we are posting, finally, and here they are, Greece and Weather!
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:34 PM
Greece, a country of history, culture, and fun. The pavillion would be seperated into two parts. One half, resembling the city of Dimitsana, would represent the land culture of Greece. Greece is a very hilly country and the whole pavillion would be sloping to represent this. In the land area, shady groves of olive and cypress trees provide a welcome respite from the Florida heat. Stone buildings can be found amid the trees. The Winged Horse would be located in this area of the pavillion. Shops selling common Greek collectibles such as candles, mugs, and statuettes. Also, in some of the variously styled buildings, guests can view real Greek chefs preparing traditional foods, which you can tatse before ordering them at the Winged Horse.
The sea culture of Greece would be respresented by the idyllic island of Santorini. There are much less trees in this area. The characteristic white-walled, blue-rooved buildings look out over the World Showcase Lagoon. Shops in this area sell delicious treats such as baklava, sponge cakes, honey pies, etc. A cart selling gyros with french fries roams the streets of Santorini provding a delicious snack for any takers.
The gorgeous island of Santorini:
From Adam NodjomianThis is the ride found in the Greece pavillion:
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM
According to legend, there once was a city unmatched anywhere in the world. It possessed riches, the likes of which human beings may never see again. Scholars resided in this city that possessed knowledge eons ahead of their contemporaries. Visitors to this city were mesmerized by the grandeur and mystique it emitted from its glorious walls. Then, 3000 years ago, a mighty volcano, a horrendous, and a monstrous earthquake made this sublime city disappear into the sea. The City was Lost forever…..or was it…..
Many people say that the gorgeous island of Santorini was once home to the legendary Lost City. Santorini was once home to en extremely active volcano. Travel via jeep the ancient caldera to see the ancient lava paths and remarkable natural rock formations.
The ride occurs inside. After queuing through galleries displaying ancient Greek works of art and sculptures. Cool interactive stations allow you to see how the works may have been created in computer generated 3-D time lapse models. Also, the second gallery shows how volcanoes work and lets you create an eruption just by moving your body! (using motion-sensing technology).
From Adam NodjomianFrom here you board your jeep. You start out on an uphill amid rocks and boulders. You crest the caldera edge and see the wide expanse in front of you. (The ride uses 3-D projection to create the environments. Guests where their 3-D glasses or “heat safety goggles” to see the incredibly realistic environment. )
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM
From Adam NodjomianAll of the sudden, the ground begins to rumble and you vehicle tips forward and begins heading straight towards the center of the crater. It begins opening up revealing hot magma. You can feel the heat as lava rockets hundreds of feet in the air, and there’s nothing you can do to stop yourself from falling straight into it! Just then, the sky darkens and you can feel “rain” falling from the sky. Thunder and lightning make the situation worse. Water begins pouring in from all sides of the caldera!
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM
From Adam Nodjomian(Sorry for the confusion, The Lost City continues further down)
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM
This Greek Taverna will offer authentic Greek Dishes fit for the Gods. The restaurant will be low and dark to give a bit of a cozy feeling, but make no mistake; it’s a place for families. Here is the menu
And of course, you can’t forget about the drinks! Near the front of the restaurant will be a bar area set up like a Greek tavern, it will also have an opening outside so that guests can come and get some drinks by walking up to it. Like Mexico’s Tequila bar, Greece will have very extensive collections of Orzo, the national drink of Greece. This is a very alcoholic drink, but has many different styles and flavors. There will also be Tentura, which is cinnamon flavored liquor and Metaxa, which is a brand of sweet brandy.
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM
Since this pavilion will go where Wonders of Life used to be, I wanted to use the existing structures a bit to create the Weather Pavilion. The exterior would be changed to look like the Earth. The characteristic triangular panels would be painted white and represent the longitude and latitude lines. The DNA structure would be replaced with a tornado sculpture.
In the “main area” there will be many exhibits showing the different aspects of weather, especially severe. In the middle of it all will be a 40 foot tornado vortex created with fog and fans. Guests can control the shape and height of this vortex!
Tsunami Tank will allow the guests to make their own waves and select to have waves of high or low crests and wavelengths between each wave. Also, with a small mock up beach, you can see how certain waves react when the hit land!
From Adam NodjomianInside the old “Making of Me” theater, we will move the “Weatherize your home” experience from Innoventions to its permanent location here. This show puts your right in the middle of the action of a Tornado in 3D and with wind and water affects and then allows the guests to “vote” on selections to make the storm destroyed house withstand the “next storm”.
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:59 PM
The ride is one I used in a former challenge, Storm Surge, with a few minor changes, mostly to the storyline.
The first part of the queue goes past high-tech weather equipment, showing radar, forecasts, etc. Every couple of minutes the video screens scattered throughout the room display a “live” feed from the air control tower telling you your mission:
From Adam Nodjomian“Fly into a tropical storm that is forming over the Atlantic, to collect data, and see the inside of a tropical storm.”
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM
From this room you enter a room which is themed to look like a forecasting area. Big maps can be found on the ground and walls. These maps are actually games for guests to play, including fending off thunderstorms and other bad weather from your city of Pleasantville, or building your own “perfect storm” to unleash on a city of your choice. Every once in a while, all the games shut off to display another “live feed” from the tower:
From Adam Nodjomian“A different, Category 4, storm is roaring through the Atlantic and has just been upgraded to a 5. The IWS wants data, and you’re invited to go along to see what a hurricane looks like along its edge, it far too dangerous anywhere else…..You’ll be launched using state-of-the-art equipment straight into the storm.”
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM
Guests now enter the hangar where there “plane” (18 rows long, 2 seats per row, resembles a plane with a nose on the front and tail on the back, white with IWS logos and “E.P.C.O.T. Education Station” on the sides) is waiting for them.
From Adam NodjomianRide:
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM
Your plane moves forward into an area marked *LAUNCH AREA-CAUTION-AUHTORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY*. Yellow lights flash, and a voice into background can be heard “T-minus 30 seconds to launch.” Speakers in your car allow you to hear what’s going on in the tower: “Final systems check; wings, check; boosters, check” the voice in the background is heard again: “T-minus 20 seconds to launch.” As more system checks can be heard. “T-minus 15 seconds to launch.” Then, back in the tower: “Coordinates, check, no wait, these coordinates are wrong, we wanted them on the edge of the hurricane not the edge of the eye wall, that’s the most severe part of the storm!” “T-minus 10-9-8-7” “We have to stop that plane!” another voice comes in: “I’m sorry sir, it’s too late, once they’ve entered the final 10 seconds, we can’t stop them.” “6-5-4” “Well folks, I guess you’ll just have to hold on tight, once the pilots find a calm spot, we can launch you back here, well…good luck.” “3-2-1”
The coaster launches right after “1” at 0-80mph in 2.5 seconds. The train goes up a slight, but lengthy incline through pitch black darkness. Just then a flash of light and a bone-shaking rumble of thunder meet you as you fly into a zero-g roll. From here, the coaster follows a traditional “spaghetti-bowl” design. Wind, rain, thunder, and lightning effects make it feel like you’re in the middle of a violent storm. After the many twists and turns of the main part of the ride, the coaster soars into an airtime hill. Just after cresting the hill, the train launches once more, not as fast but amid strobe lights. The train comes to a relatively abrupt stop and you find yourself back in a hangar resembling the one you left from.
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM
The Lost City (cont.)
You suddenly fall deep undeground, and once the dust settles, the Losty City sparkled like a million gems ahead of you.
Your jeep pulls forward and onto the main street, which is built with golden cobblestones. The street lights glitter like diamonds. The buildings shimmer in the torchlight. It’s a perfect utopia, except for one thing. There are no people. You continue forward to the obvious center of the city. An enormous tower, the top of which nearly grazes the top of the cavernous space. Hundreds of feet tall, this tower casts a shadow over all.
You enter the main hall, which is just as magnificent as every other part of the city. Again, though there are no people. Where have they all vanished to? The ground then begins to rumble as though some enormous creature is making its way, step by step, towards the tower. Your jeep turns around to face the rumbling. The doors creak open and a serpentine head flicks its tongue. This snake is huge, with a head the size of a car. It’s red eyes lock onto you.
Then something strange happens, the head disappears and the door shuts, causing all the torches to extinguish. You can feel your heart beating in anticipation. The ground shakes more violently this time and a crack suddenly appears above the door, it spreads and spreads before a piece falls out and that red eye is staring at you once more. The whole wall then collapses and you can see the whole creature. It is a hydra! The body of a dragon, with close to 50 hissing, snake heads. All at once, they bare their fangs. The hydra moves closer and closer to you, but your surrounded on all sides by debris. Then, a great groaning can be heard; The tower has lost support and is falling! The hydra doesn’t seem to take notice as its heads get closer and closer to you. Debris begins to fall everywhere, crushing a few of the hydra’s heads. One finally gets close to you and just as it is about to bite down………
As if by some magical force your jeep is suddenly sucked backwards, basically flying backwards through the debris and through the city streets before stopping in a small cave along the perimeter of the city. Someone who looks like the leader seals the door with a wave of the hand once you are inside. He praises you and your jeep turns around to see a much smaller cavern, but a large one nonetheless. They are cheering; they thank you for defeating the hydra, which has terrorized them for months. He warns though to never speak of this lost City to anyone for it could ruin their beautiful society, just as the hydra did.
With another wave of the hand he bids you farewell as you feel as though you are rocketing back towards the surface.
You appear back in the same place you started, right back at the station. You disembark to go enjoy the rest of your time in the lovely country of Greece.
From Adam NodjomianSorry for all the posts and the split of The Lost City and for being late to post. We had a communication problem and we thank you in advance for your understanding. We hope you enjoyed Greece and Weather!
Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM
From James KoehlTim, you're teasing us by putting up the next challenge when we don't know who's going on!
Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM
From Tim WI submitted the next poll, hoping it would be up by yesterday, but Robert informed me that he didn't receive the poll code in my post. So I reposted and hopefully it will be up today!
Posted November 18, 2010 at 5:12 AM
From James KoehlTim, are you doing your critiques?
Posted November 18, 2010 at 6:07 AM
From Tim WActually yes, sorry for the delay.
Posted November 18, 2010 at 12:58 PM
I will not be announcing a favorite pair of the week this week, just to inform you guys.
Andy and Dan: From what I've heard you guys worked well together and it shows. I think the Brazil concept was done beuatifully and the ride is original and sounds fun! The food looks interesting. As for the FW pavilion, I think it was done well and was well conceived. However, I thought it was done more as an attempt to integrate marvel. It still sounded good though and I liked the physics theme.
James and David: I'm aware of your rough patch that you guys encountered, but the idea you made is still greatl. I think you have created the strongest and most realistic WS pavilion. The inclusion of the jungle book ride and references are well received by me. The use of bollywood dance show sounds excellent as well! As for the inner earth center, I thought the idea was creative. My biggest concern is your inclusion of a volcano that would easily be out of place in future world. The earthquake show sounded cute.
Nick and Jeff: I thought the indiana jones ride was a good idea to have in the Egypt pavilion. The Who's your mummy attraction was very original and innovative. As for the city of Heroes, it seemed a bit of a compiling mess to me. It seemed like it was just way too much to accomplish in one single pavilion. While each of the ideas were good, I think something like this would work better as a separate land than just a pavilion as it would surely be hectic inside.
Adam and Anthony: The attractions you included for Greece were again very original and the restaurant had my mouth watering!!! The weather pavilion was my favorite FW pavilion idea. I could definately see this idea coming into frutition. I liked the reuse of the wonders of life pavilion and the logo looks great btw.
In conclusion, you really all did magnificent work. I thought the WS pavilions were a bit stronger than the FW pavilions. Great work everyone!
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